School is officially back in session and it’s that time of year when your friends are posting the obligatory first day of school photo of their kid on Instagram. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a side-by-side comparison of the kid from last year to this year so you can see how much they’ve grown! As someone who doesn’t have or want kids, I usually scroll past these photos (not sorry), but this year, these photos have inspired a call to action for producers….
A common complaint from producers is that we feel invisible. I even wrote a piece in 2014 about how I felt invisible at the Cannes Film Festival. We’re often left out of press releases, festival books, red carpets, interviews etc., but we are also contributing to the invisible cloak producers wear.
Along with the first day of school comes the dreaded school photo, the equivalent of what we now consider to be our ‘headshot.’ The challenge for producers is that no one ever needs or wants a photo of just the producer so we usually don’t have a photo of ourself that we love to share. Because of this, our IMDB page has a blank space where our face should be, allowing ourselves to remain invisible.
The mission of Dear Producer is to raise the profile of producers, to show the industry who we are and the work we do, to share our point of view on the world , and to promote our inclusivity in all areas of the process. But I can’t do it alone.
So as kids are debating what to wear for their school photo, check your IMDB page, make sure you have a current photo of yourself posted, and take credit for the amazing work you are doing. Our industry needs to know who the creative forces are behind a film and that includes the producers. Show your face.
As inspiration, I’ve included my school photo from kindergarten, 1982.
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